Category: Second Chance Series

ARe Bestseller Badge; Trevor Donovan Texas Rising; Taiwan Gay Comedy

ARe Bestseller Badge

I’m always pointing readers toward allromanceebooks.com for a variety of reasons. One, they aren’t Amazon and competition is a good thing. The only way to give Amazon a little competition is to give other companies some business. Otherwise, Amazon will, indeed, own you eventually. They’ve already raised the Prime thing to $99. And two, from a consumer POV I think ARe is probably one of the best retail web sites where e-books are sold. It’s also one of the most professional places for authors/publishers to do business.

And each time a book becomes a bestseller ARe notifies the author and attaches a bestseller badge. I just got one for Second Chance: The Sweetest Apple and wanted to post about that here…along with the fact that two of the Second Chance e-books are still on ARe for free until the end of this month.

And  huge thanks to all those who purchased The Sweetest Apple. I work hard on all my books, but the indie books are closest to my heart.

Trevor Donovan Texas Rising

I know so many M/M Romance fans who follow Trevor Donovan on Facebook and Twitter we often cross paths several times a day. I see familiar people liking and commenting on his status updates more often than not, and I think that’s because in many ways Donovan is the ultimate M\M Romance hero. He’s the image you want to stare at on a book cover, he’s the smart guy who always says something tasteful or wise, and he’s never once shown a negative side in all the time I’ve followed him. In other words, he’s more than just a pretty face and he isn’t afraid to connect with his fans.

So I know a lot of people are thrilled to see that he’s joining the cast of Texas Rising, a historical mini series, tentatively titled for now, on A&E.

 Trevor Donovan (90210) have joined the killer cast of History’s miniseries Texas Rising (working title) from A+E Studios and ITV Studios America. Leslie Greif (Hatfields & McCoys) is exec producing the project which will detail the Texas Revolution against Mexico and the rise of the legendary Texas Rangers. Roland Joffé will direct. McDonald, repped by Gersh and Brillstein, will play Henry Karnes, a grizzled, tough taskmaster of the ranging company. Donovan, with APA and Michael Yanni Management, will play Kit Acklin, a handsome, wise-ass, expert horseman whose chivalry and equestrian skills are matched only by his gun-fighting prowess. Bill Paxton, Brendan Fraser, Ray Liotta, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Thomas Jane, Olivier Martinez, Chad Michael Murray, Michael Rapaport and Max Thieriot round out the all-star cast.

There’s more to the press release here, and you can leave a comment at the bottom. It’s very simple to do with this web site. Just a name, e-mail, and web site if you have one.

Taiwan Gay Comedy

There’s a new gay family comedy in Taiwan called Penguins at the North Pole.

‘We want to make a movie for moms and dads [with gay children] to show in a light-hearted but easily understandable way that they are not alone,’ said the movie’s production crew.

‘This is like a long road where parents and children get to know each other all over again,’ they added. ‘There are indeed many who share some common worries.’

Two things about this I find interesting. The mom finds out her daughter is gay on Facebook, which shows how powerful social media has become all over the world. And my straight friend, Jordan, thinks this show looks like it will be better than Modern Family.  I agree with him. I hope Hollywood is paying attention.

You can read more here.

Gay NFL PLayers; FREE Gay Excerpt: Second Chance Four

Gay NFL Players

This isn’t something too shocking. But it’s newsworthy in the sense that straight men are often stereotyped and people don’t even realize they are doing it. In other words, big, strong NFL players are supposed to be straight and follow certain stereotypes. Some people expect this, and when they find out that this stereotype is as far off as any other they usually do wind up in shock. Retired football star, Deion Sanders, proves my point in this article.

‘He’s not the first gay guy in the NFL!’ Sanders told Hall. ‘He’s the first one to come out, let’s get that straight. Every team I’ve played on, there was someone…we always knew. But he was cool. That was our boy. We had to look out for him. Every team I’ve played on – five different teams – there was someone gay in the locker room.’

My bet would be on more gays in the NFL…or any pro sports team…we didn’t know about, and still don’t know about. And I don’t think in this case the focus should be on the gay man anymore, or at least not totally. I’m starting to think the focus should be more on how we, as a society, stereotype straight men and fit them into a neat little mold they can’t break away from.

You can read more here.

FREE Gay Excerpt: Second Chance Four

This Friday I’m putting up a raw excerpt from my newest release, which I’ll have out by next week, Second Chance: The Sweetest Apple. As with all of the novellas in the second chance series, this one is 27,000 words. It’s also a love story with a romance that doesn’t always work out the way it should. And yet in the end, I still want each story to have a happy ending. Remember this is raw…not completely edited for the final e-book. But at this point nothing in the storyline is subject to change.

Here’s the blurb:

Thanks to a choice Matty made in the past, he’s living the life of his dreams. He and his partner, Archie, own a chain of French restaurants, a mansion in New Orleans, and have more money than they could ever spend. As one of the most respected gay power couples in the country, they’re a team that can’t be beaten on the surface.


But deep down they can’t even stand being in the same room together. It’s reached a point that’s so bad they live separate lives under the same roof for the sake of appearances. If they ever decided to split up it could ruin everything they’ve worked so hard to build.

Then one night while Matty is out sneaking around on his own discreetly, the unthinkable happens and he winds up in the last place he ever thought he would. There he’s reminded of the one true part of his life he’s been trying to forget for years, and then given the opportunity to change the outcome of his life one last time.

In this fourth installment of the Second Chance series, The Sweetest Apple, there are no guarantees and Matty could wind up reliving a loveless life and repeating the same mistakes all over again. It could also take a different turn, and this time Matty could alter his course. But will he know enough to take advantage of this before it’s too late?    

This is from Chapter One:

If Matty Allan lived to be one hundred years old he would never get used to the stifling summertime heat in New Orleans. When he moved there twenty years earlier fresh out of culinary school to work in a brand new restaurant, he thought he’d get used to it. All these years later, from at least May until October, he still found himself walking around the house wearing nothing at all, or a flimsy pair of the sheerest cotton underwear he owned.

Matty’s partner of twenty years, Archie Bartholomew, often frowned in Matty’s direction on hot days. Sometimes he even shook his head and made a face that resembled a cross between a cringe and a foul taste. Archie and Matty now owned a chain of exclusive French restaurants and Archie took pride in his image and the image associated with all that he’d worked so hard to build. The restaurant chain, La Bon Auberge, had been featured globally in the best cookery publications. They’d won culinary awards, had been featured on television nationwide, and had published over one dozen French cookbooks. Celebrities, politicians, and the most privileged had been seen dining at La Bon Auberge, from Los Angeles to Washington, D. C., which created such a demand the waiting list for reservations in any given city was over two months long. And when Archie’s partner walked around naked or in sweat stained underwear around the house Archie often left snide remarks or impudent suggestions about the difference between what he thought of as crude and proper behavior for people who had obtained a certain position in life.

On one hot Monday morning in August, Matty loped into the kitchen wearing nothing but a sheer cotton cloth around his waist. The cloth rode so low along his lower abdomen traces of his pubic hair appeared right above the bulge between his legs. Archie was sitting at the kitchen table sipping tea in his crisp white polo shirt and light blue cotton shorts. He took one look at the way Matty looked and said, “The lawn man is here today. Maybe you should at least put on a robe.”

Matty reached for a packet of coffee above the expensive coffee maker he still couldn’t figure out and rolled his eyes. He didn’t feel like arguing with Archie that morning. It was too hot. Even though the big old mansion had central air-conditioning, the units were all installed in the attic above the third floor and the kitchen and most of the first floor remained the hottest rooms in the house. Those old homes had not been designed for central air-conditioning, but whenever Matty suggested they put small window units in the downstairs rooms Archie would make a face and tell him, “That would look terrible,” in a dismissive tone.

Archie took another sip of tea and said, “The lawn man might see you walking around that way through the window and wonder. You know how people talk.”

While the coffee started to drip into Matty’s mug, he reached for a bottle of vodka he kept on a shelf next to the coffee packets and said, “I’m sure the lawn man will live. Besides, it’s not the first time he’s seen me naked. Last week I went swimming naked in the pool while he was trimming the boxwoods. He didn’t care. I think he likes seeing me naked.” He’d caught the lawn man watching him swim naked in the pool. The guy had been jacking off in the bushes. He knew this would make Archie’s face turn red.

Archie glared at the bottle of vodka and made another face. “Isn’t it a little early for that?”

Matty turned to face him, lifted the bottle, and twirled it around a few times. “It’s never too early, baby, especially not here in happy house.” Then, in a move he knew would really make Archie turn red, he set the bottle down, yanked off the towel, and scratched his crotch in such a vulgar, obnoxious way even he felt a little trashy doing it.

He was also standing in front of the kitchen window, and the lawn guy was right outside the window trimming a juniper into a cone shape. Matty made no attempt to cover his private parts or move away from the window. The lawn guy just stood there with a set of manual sheers gaping at him. Matty didn’t mind the attention from another man. Besides, Archie never looked at him that way anymore. Although Matty was forty-two, he still had the body of a young man. He spent four days a week working out at the gym, he ate less as each year passed, and he knew he could still get as much attention as he wanted when he was naked. But more than that, he knew aggressive men loved him. He’d known this all his life.

Archie stood up, carried his cup and saucer to the sink, and turned the water on so he could rinse them before he put them into the dishwasher. This act of anal retention set Matty’s nerves on edge and he felt like slamming the dishwasher door shut on Archie’s hand. These little things that had only bothered him slightly in the past had turned into silent urges of violence Matty fought to control. But more than that, the satisfaction he would have received if he’d really slammed the nasty fucker’s hand was almost too magical to describe.

It didn’t take long for Archie to notice the lawn man outside the kitchen window. It took even less time for the lawn man to see Archie. The lawn man’s eyes opened wide and he turned fast so he could work on another part of the property.

Matty took the mug with two thirds of coffee and poured in one third of vodka to top it off. As he crossed to the kitchen table he laughed and said, “See what you did. You scared that poor man away. You’re no fun at all. You could have watched him fuck me.”

“You disgust me,” Archie said, turning away from him.

Matty swallowed a large gulp of coffee, and then laughed. He was sitting on the thick glass kitchen table now, leaning back on one elbow, with his flaccid penis resting across the upper part of his right thigh. “Why whatever did I do to disgust you so? I’m sorry if I’m not as perfect as you’d like me to be.”

“You’re a whore,” Archie said, in a deadpan tone. “Just a low rent common whore and you belong in the gutter.”

Matty grabbed his dick and said, “Compliments won’t get you anywhere, handsome. You know what I want.” He spread his legs and his hand went down his crotch. When his middle finger reached his anus, he lifted on leg higher and said, “Fuck me, right here on the table. I dare you.”

“You were trash when I met you, you’re trash now, and you’ll be nothing but trash for the rest of your life,” Archie said. “I wouldn’t come near you for all the money in the world.”

“And we all know how much you care about money.” Matty was only goading him. He knew Archie wouldn’t fuck him on the kitchen table, or anywhere else in the house. They’d stopped fucking a long time ago and Archie either didn’t have sex at all anymore or he’d found a discreet way to find pleasure no one knew about.

Lazy Beagle; NBA First Gay Player; My Own Book Updates

Lazy Beagle

I’ve posted about lazybeagleentertainment.com here before. It’s a web site for authors and readers and publishers to gather and to gain information about books. The owners are an industrious couple (Patrick and Rondal) who never stop working on the site and I often wonder where they find the time to do all they do. It’s simple to navigate, and a good place to go if you’re curious about an author or a book and you want fast information with a simple search. I check out books I’m curious about often. There’s a book of the month, and an author of the month. You can also click links there that will lead you to other web sites and buy books as well without doing anything complicated. They do promotions and contests and I think it’s worth checking out.

If you are an author and you haven’t heard of them, check out the links below. They are very friendly and take art into consideration, which I don’t see often.

Writing books is a form of art and should not be stifled. Authors use LBE and after your profile is set up, you will have one direct URL to your bio that gives you a link that contains all the links to all your sale sites and social media sites in one easy convenient place. All of this is for free. Visit Author and Book bio submissions page.

I’ll continue to post as things come in.

NBA First Gay Player

Football player, Michael Sam, has been making news recently for coming out, and I think it might be setting a new standard for other pro athletes who are gay. The article to which I’m linking now talks about NBA player, Jason Collins, as the first openly gay player in the NBA. I posted about when Collins first came out, here, last April.

In that moment, history was made, as Collins became the first openly gay player to see action in an NBA game. 

Collins, signed Sunday to a 10-day contract with the Brooklyn, was welcomed with a nice ovation when Staples Center public address announcer Lawrence Tanter announced his name.

“Right now I’m focusing on trying to learn the plays, learning the coverages and the game plan and the assignments. So I didn’t have time to really think about history,” Collins said at a crowded press conference less than an hour before the game.

You can read more here.

I’d like to put this into perspective for people who might not understand the magnitude of it…or the significance with respect to younger gay people who might be thinking about coming out. When I was in high school there were no role models like Michael Sam or Jason Collins. None. We took what we could get in secret about gay culture on the fringes and many of us found it hard to identify with that information. If there had been men like Michael Sam and Jason Collins around when I’d been in high school I think life would have been so much easier.

My Own Book Updates and Surprises

I’ve been remiss with my own book updates here on the blog. And a good deal of that is because I’ve been releasing books at a slower pace for various reasons. One, I think the market is saturated with too many books. That’s not a bad thing. Think about it…TOO many books. How wonderful is that? I never actually thought I’d make a comment like that. But it is a reality authors need to deal with. As they say in real estate, it’s definitely a buyers market.

But the problem is that with so many books out there it’s harder to figure out when to release a new book for authors like me. We’re also competing against authors who do more than a few questionable promotional things I won’t get into now. My writing schedule hasn’t slowed down at all. In fact, I have five completely finished, edited novels (one is over 100,000 words long) that haven’t been released  yet. I also have one 25,000 word novella in the Second Chance series coming out soon. And, I have signed up with two more publishers for anthologies. So I’ve been busier than ever, but I’ve also been releasing books in a more strategic way so readers don’t get sick to death of me. I haven’t discussed this with my publishers, but I think we’re all on the same page. Too much, too soon, isn’t always the best thing for authors, publishers, or readers.

As of right now, I’m planning to release a new full length m/m western in March, and also the novella in the Second Chance series. Titles have yet to be fully realized, but I’ll post more as soon as I finalize everything with the editor I work with. The novel I’ll be releasing is part of the Glendora Hill series (Cowboy Christmas Miracle). I have a few surprises with that series I think (hope) readers will enjoy, and they include something I’ve never seen done with any series in the past…at least I haven’t seen it.

Side note: Vet your books with care, readers. If you notice a book released by an unknown author that’s only two weeks old and there are over 100 five star ratings and two or three line rave reviews, purchase with caution. I’m not saying it can’t happen. But the odds of a book getting that many five star reviews and ratings that soon are fairly slim. Don’t be taken in by snake oil salesmen of the digital age. You work too hard for you money.

FREE E-Books on ARe; Jonathan Groff Full Frontal; FREE Gay Excerpt

FREE E-Books on ARe

I haven’t done any freebies since before Christmas and figured it was time. I did do a Valentine’s Day giveaway with Queertown Abbey, and Tammy Brewer Parker won a copy of Cowboy Christmas Miracle. The two freebies I’m doing now are from the Second Chance series. Both links are up to date and I’ve checked to make sure the books are there for free.

Once again, I wish I could put them up on Amazon for free, but Amazon has rules and I can’t change those rules. So the freebies will be up on Allromanceebooks.com, which is a very simple web site to navigate and downloads are explained well. (I think readers get the best book descriptions there, too.) I know many of my readers tell me they often prefer ARe over most retail web sites where e-books are sold. And most of the time the comments are about the excellent customer service they get at ARe. I can tell you from a publishing perspective, I love working with them.

Second Chance, the first book in the series.

Second Chance, His Only Choice, the third book in the series.

I will be releasing the fourth book in the series very soon…title yet to be determined.

Jonathan Groff Full Frontal

I’ve been going back and forth all week in e-mails with several good friends about how much we’re loving the HBO series, Looking. Last week’s episode was about as real as if gets when two gay men first meet and take a strong romantic interest in each other. It’s that first time getting to know you deal, with sex included. I don’t know how these things work in the straight community, but I do know how they work with gay men and I felt as if I’d gone back in time just watching Jonathan Groff last week. It also validates everything I’ve ever written in a gay romance.

And Groff, from what I found through a simple search, doesn’t follow the double standard rule where only women do full frontal nudity. He’s done some full frontal himself, and he looks adorable.

I can’t post the actual photos here for copyright reasons, but I love this web site I’m linking to now, and you can view several full frontal photos of Groff showing off there.

You can get there from here.

I think Groff is making TV history and might not even know it. It’s the first time I’ve ever seen a TV series that depicts gay men and gay relationships without insulting them in those subtle ways most people don’t pick up on.

FREE Gay Excerpt

Pardon the titles of my free Friday excerpt posts, but I do that for search engines and it works. I’d rather not, but it is what it is and search engines rule all things Internet.

In any event, here’s a free excerpt from my novel, Jonah Sweet of Delancey Street. It’s probably one of the books I’ve loved writing the most, and one that I can actually go back and read myself, which doesn’t always happen for me.

You can find it here, on Amazon, for .99. And in other places where e-books are sold like Smashwords and Allromanceebooks.com.

Set Up: This is the part of the novel where Jonah and David are just becoming a couple and Jonah invites his parents to dinner at David’s loft.

Side Note: The book cover above is one that I had originally planned to use. I changed my mind at the last minute and went for the one you’ll see at the link above.

 

In mid-July, Jonah invited his mom and Dad to the home he now shared with David on Delancey Street. He’d been helping them pack since they’d returned from their quick trip to Florida. They’d purchased a condominium in an adult community not far from Fort Lauderdale and they had to be out of their house in Queens by the end of the month. The packing after work didn’t bother Jonah at all. It was the bickering over what they would take and what they wouldn’t take that caused a twitch in Jonah’s right eyelid.

When David suggested Jonah should invite his parents to dinner one night before they moved, Jonah glanced at him with wide eyes. “Are you certain you want to go through that? They aren’t easy people to deal with. I’m not joking. They’ve spent a lifetime arguing over things like whether or not green plastic trash bags are better than white plastic trash bags.”

They were in bed watching TV the night David suggested this. He threw his naked leg over Jonah’s and laughed. He pulled Jonah closer and put his arm around him. “I just think that now that we are in a relationship and we are officially a couple I should meet your parents formally. And they should see where you’ll be living. I want to do the right thing.”

Jonah set his palm on David’s abdomen and rested his head on his chest. This was the first time David had brought up the topic of them being an official couple. David didn’t talk about emotions or feelings or anything that caused him to think too hard. He thought like a man would think: no one could fault him for this. Jonah, who tended to be more sensitive, knew David well enough to know pushing him into anything would never work. So this announcement took Jonah by surprise. “I’ll invite them over on Friday night. But I warn you, expect anything.”

David spread his other leg and bucked his hips a little. “I’m sure it will be fine,” he said. “I’m looking forward to it. I’ll tell Carson to have something special that night, but not too complicated.”

“My dad likes prime rib,” Jonah said. He wanted to keep the dinner simple. He knew that if they served something too extravagant with a complicated French name, his parents would frown and exchange confused glances.

“I’ll tell Carson to arrange the perfect English meal: prime rib with Yorkshire pudding,” David said. He bucked his hips again and the head of his dick poked up through the covers.

Jonah glanced down and smiled. “You’re horny, aren’t you?”

David grabbed the back of Jonah’s head and pushed him forward. “I thought maybe you’d like some prime beef tonight. I know how much you like it.”

When David was in a good mood, he often made cheesy jokes about his dick, referring to it as his “pork sword” or his “beef stick.” Sometimes he even laughed and called it his “ram rod.” These were not references anyone with an ounce common sense would ever take seriously. Jonah certainly didn’t; he had a sense of humor. Jonah laughed and said, “You know me too well, David.” Then he went under the covers and gave David a simple, unreciprocated blow job before they went to sleep. Although most of the time their sex consisted of role-playing and other games that involved Jonah being restrained and bound, it wasn’t always this way. Sometimes a simple blow job like the one Jonah gave him that night was all they needed. In a way, this made Jonah smile. He liked what they did in the playroom; nothing excited him more than being tied up and gagged. But he also liked knowing they didn’t have to go to such extremes all the time to be sexually satisfied.

On the night Jonah’s mom and dad came to dinner, David turned out to be the perfect host. Jonah’s mom and dad watched in awe while Carson served them, exchanging glances with each other when they thought Jonah wasn’t looking. He hadn’t told them much about David, his new life, or about his job. When he read their minds, he heard them thinking things like, “What does this David guy see in plain little Jonah,” and, “How lucky can you get?” But he didn’t read their minds too much that night. The things they thought about him, even though it was with love, often tended to depress him.

David played the part of gay son-in-law so well he started calling Jonah’s parents mom and dad without even asking for permission. When Jonah’s mom heard this for the first time, she clutched her necklace and tilted he head. Her eyes filled and she said, “I’m so thrilled to know my son has met someone so wonderful, David. You’re the miracle I’ve been praying for since Jonah graduated from college.” She turned to Jonah and smiled, and then glanced back at David. “I used to worry so much. Jonah’s a good boy, but he always seemed to scare gay men away. It wasn’t easy coming to terms with him being a gay, let me tell you. But when I finally did I realized I had to worry about him meeting the right man. For a while I thought the only hope for him was this nice gay boy from the neighborhood, Stanley Minford.”

“David knows all about Stanley, mom,” Jonah said. “Can we please not talk about him tonight?” Though he loved her, he always felt the uncontrollable urge to get as far away from her as possible. He hoped and prayed David wouldn’t read their minds.

David smiled. “I’ve never met anyone like Jonah. He’s changed my life.”

Jonah’s dad seemed uncomfortable. His face always turned red whenever Jonah’s mom talked about Jonah being with a man, even Stanley Minford. It was okay for Jonah to be gay as long as they kept everything on a surface level; just don’t mention Jonah sleeping with a man.  

But Jonah’s mom just kept on talking in spite of her husband. She patted David’s hand and glanced in Jonah’s direction again. “Don’t do anything to screw this up, Jonah. You don’t find a man on the street every day like David.”

Jonah felt like stuffing a lump of Yorkshire pudding in her mouth. She made him sound defected, or second hand, as if men took one look at him and ran in the opposite direction. But he didn’t want to argue. They were leaving soon and he wanted to keep things positive. So he smiled and said, “I know how lucky I am, mom. Thanks for being so supportive.”

After dinner, David took Jonah’s parents on a tour of the penthouse conservatory. Jonah’s mom thought it was scandalous there weren’t any window treatments; his dad seemed as interested in this as he did when he went to church on Sunday. When David took them through the rest of the building and said he rarely used most of the rooms, Jonah’s mom gaped at him as if he’d lost his mind. Jonah continued to block out her thoughts. He had a feeling his mom was trying to choose which room she’d take when she came back to visit New York.

At the end of the evening, they walked Jonah’s parents down to the garage and David kissed them both goodbye. Jonah almost laughed when he saw the way his dad’s eyebrows arched. David promised he’d take Jonah to Florida as soon as they were settled, to his home in Palm Beach that he rarely ever used. Jonah listened without speaking. He didn’t know much about David’s home in Florida. He started to wonder about all the other things he didn’t know about David.

They went down to the playroom as soon as Jonah’s parents were gone and David removed all his clothes and put on a harness.

Cover Preview: His Only Choice; Romance Boom; Duck Dynasty Ratings Tank

Cover Preview: His Only Choice

Here’s the cover preview for the third installment in the Second Chance series: His Only Choice. It will be released this week, and I’ll post more when it is. Blurb and excerpt can be found in the post previous to this one if you just scroll down.

Romance Boom

This next article is about the recent eight figure deal for Sylvia Day’s Blacklist series, which is a follow up to the Crossfire series. But it also gets into romance and how publishers expect more of a romance boom as a result of the Fifty Shades film release…ya know, thanks to the “Fifty Shades Effect.”

Some publishing executives speculated that another boom in romance books could occur when the film version of “Fifty Shades of Grey” is released early next year. The movie is currently being filmed in Vancouver, with Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson as its stars.

There are a few comments about romance in general in the article that might twist a few feathers, so be prepared. They seem to attribute Day’s success with the “Fifty Shades Effect.” It’s not my area of expertise, however, I just have to wonder about that. Most of the people I know…not all the most serious readers…bought Fifty Shades and didn’t finish it. I saw it at a yard sale for FIFTY cents last summer and the woman running the yard sale said I could have it for free just to get it out of her house. So could it be that romance as a genre is already a huge market, and that Day’s books made it on their own merit…or would have made it on their own without Fifty Shades and this so-called Fifty Shades effect they are trying to sell us?

And the other thing that bothers me is that “some publishing executives” have been so far off the mark with any predictions or decisions they’ve made in the past few years I would hate to see a decline in romance as a result of this so-called Fifty Shades Effect.

In any event, I don’t think any of this will make a difference to serious romance readers. I’m personally not all that excited about the Fifty Shades film and I’ll wait for it to come on cable. I wanted Matt Bomer to star in it. And it’s not that I’m this huge elitist making judgments. Far from it. I’m actually a pop culture junkie who prefers common usage to perfect grammar and I feel as if the Fifty Shades Effect has come and gone. We’ll see.

You can read more here.


Duck Dynasty Ratings Tank

Here’s where I’ve posted about TV reality show, Duck Dynasty, and the anti-gay comments made by a leading character on the show. I say leading character because I would bet the only thing real about the show is that it’s scripted and produced like any other TV show in the history of television. And according to this article, ratings have tanked. It could be a result of the gay and racial comments. Or, it could be the show just sucks. 

You can read more here.

There was no scandal bump for Duck Dynasty, which experienced across-the-board ratings declines in its return Wednesday.


 

Martha Stewart’s Regret; Jobs (Film); Hot Gynecologist; Obama at Bookshop

Martha Stewart’s Regret

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When I released the first book in the Second Chance series last week, I had a lot of people tell me about regrets in life they’ve had, and how it would be interesting to get a second chance. So when I saw this article with video about Martha Stewart’s one big regret I thought I’d post it as a good example of how everyone has one or two things they might want to change about their lives, if given a second chance.

Stewart also has a new book out. You can read more here, and there are links about the book.

As for Second Chance (‘s) I’ve decided to release one more second chance Christmas story before the holidays, which I’ll be posting about very soon.

You can find my first book in the Second Chance series here.

Jobs (film)

When I read the bio about Steve Jobs a year or so ago I posted about it here. One of the things about Jobs I’ve always found interesting was that his sister, Mona Simpson, wrote one of my favorite novels of all time back in the 80’s…Anywhere But Here. Jobs didn’t know Simpson was his sister until later in life because he’d been put up for adoption. And I find it fascinating that two siblings who never knew each other growing up, and lived completely separate lives, would both wind up doing great things. Coincidence? I don’t think so. But I never get metaphysical here on the blog (unless I’m casting a curse on a book reviewer 🙂 and I’m not going to start now.

As you can see from the link above, I kept my book review for the Jobs bio short and sweet. So I’m going to do that with the film, “Jobs,” too. I loved it. I thought they captured the early years perfectly. I thought Ashton Kutcher portrayed Jobs better than anyone I can imagine off hand. And I thought the tech angle was handled well for people who don’t understand much about techology but know enough to understand how Steve Jobs did, indeed, change the world. It’s not a love story and it didn’t have the typical Hollywood guy gets girl angle. The relationships in Jobs’ life were played down and the focus was more about his business and how hard he worked for perfection. And that really was what he was all about from what I’ve read over the years. Not everyone is wired to sit on the front porch swing and enjoy the sunset and all those simple things in life we’re always told mean so much. And thank God some aren’t, otherwise we’d all still be reading print books and rolling up car windows manually.

Here’s a great link where you can read 10 things about Steve Jobs you didn’t know. It’s totally unrelated to the film, but there are a few interesting points, Mona Simpson is mentioned, and the comment thread is filled with some of the most glorious cyber-idiots I’ve seen in a long time.

Here’s one comment I found amusing, because the blogger deleted a comment for use of profanity and because he wanted to keep the comment thread civil. Evidently, “Joe,” didn’t like that. He thinks blog comments are about free speech.

 Blocking an IP for someone using profanity? Seems way overboard and knee jerk to me especially for someone that forgives a liar, thief, and dead beat dad. I guess making money negates all of that.

Hot  Gynecologist

This link is as short and sweet as my review of the Jobs film, but it’s worth checking out. There’s a pictorial of one of the hottest gynecologists on the planet, Manuel Rico.

It states he’s also the 2010 Spanish Beauty King.

You can read more here. I wish I could share at least one pic, but we’re living in dangerous times with photo sharing and copyrights. It’s not like any of these photos will ever make anyone a great deal of money, and yet they hold onto the copyrights as if they’re holding the secrets of the holy grail.

I think I need an appointment with Rico. I’m having pelvic pain.

Obama at Bookshop

I think I remember reading the President did the same thing last year with his daughters, around Thanksgiving. In any event, he went to a brick and mortar bookshop last weekend, again, with his kids, and took advantage of a photo-op.

President Barack Obama celebrated Small Business Saturday by taking his two daughters on a trip to the Washington, DC bookstore Politics and Prose.

What surprises me most is that these things are always well-planned. They are always set up for various reasons, most of which are security. And with all the recent issues dealing with the government healthcare web site (I got very lucky and my health insurance was not canceled, so I’m safe for now) I was surprised to see Obama at a brick and mortar bookshop, and with his kids. I think his daughters are young adults now. And if they are anything like the young adults in my family they are reading their books on tablets, phones, or dedicated e-readers. That’s what people their age do. Or in some cases even laptops…now considered the old fashioned way. So why Obama would go to a brick and mortar bookshop instead of a radio shack franchise (or any small tech shop) to buy an e-reading device suggests his staff might be a little out of touch with Americans, and it also might suggest it’s one reason why our government can’t launch a viable web site like Amazon, or even Sears. But I could be wrong about that. I’m not very political and I haven’t even looked at the government web site once. I just think it makes the President look a little dated (out of touch) to be seen in a brick and mortar bookshop, and I think it would have been better for his image if his staff had suggested a trip to a tech store this year. Please keep comments civil on this issue. I don’t have anything against the President, or brick and mortar bookshops. But I do wonder about the people Obama surrounds himself with.  

New Release: "Second Chance" Gay Romance .99 E-Book

New Release: “Second Chance” Gay Romance .99 E-Book

Update: Just went live on Amazon, here.

The first book in the “Second Chance” series just went live and I’ll post the links I have. It will be available at all venues where e-books are sold eventually. It’s hard to pinpoint an Amazon release because the time it takes varies from book to book. But for now it’s definitely on Smashwords and Allromanceebooks.com.

For more information you can read previous posts here, and here, where I’ve shared the blurb and a fairly long excerpt. I think the most interesting part of writing this book was that it’s set for the most part in the year 1950 when life was very different for gay men. There is more innocence, especially with sexual content. And gay men were more guarded in those days, to the point of total denial.

Stay tuned for more new releases coming soon. I have about four books with publishers that haven’t been release yet, including one that’s over 117,000 words and another that’s a Christmas romance from the Glendora Hill series.